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Posted January 18, 2014
Tad Williams wrote one of my favorite books of all time (Tailcha
Tad Williams wrote one of my favorite books of all time (Tailchaser's Song). As a result, I have attempted to read a lot of his other books and series. I admire the man a lot. He puts a lot of detail into his worlds. He writes interesting characters and he's decent at doling out details in his stories without making it feel like you've just taken a college course on the history of X.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Oddly, though, I'm rarely motivated to go on to book two. I hope for another Tailchaser with each new series, and I haven't found it yet. In this case, I was especially hopeful, because I'm a big fan of stories with angels and demons. This seems like the perfect setup, you know? I liked Bobby. I am a huge fan of a snarky first-person narrative (where I once thought first person was weird and off-putting; I'm a convert!). I kept coming back to the book and I wasn't bored. I genuinely wanted to follow the clues of the story's mini-mystery and I hadn't figured it out by the time I got to the end...
But I'm not particularly driven to pick up book two. I don't think that's a fault with the writing. This is a perfectly enjoyable, serviceable book. But when it comes to my reading time, I don't really want serviceable. I want to be completely blown away.
So it's not you, book. It's me. If you like snark and you like angels and you're looking for something a little different from Tad, check this one out. Maybe the angels will sing for you.
Posted October 29, 2013
This is my third or fourth attempt at readin a Tad Williams seri
This is my third or fourth attempt at readin a Tad Williams series. I've read the first novel of all of his series but I just can't get myself to move on the the next book in any of the series. I've found that the beginning and ending of each book has been great, but the middle just bogs down something fierce. Lesson learned. I most likely will not try another one of his books. Moving on......
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Posted November 21, 2012
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer - Michelle M:
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I have never really read a book about angels so I was definitely interested in reviewing this book. Although a little too detailed in some areas I did enjoy the story line. Heaven is a lot like our government in many ways and this is where I found there were too many details and I wanted to skip ahead. When a soul breaks away from the body it was in, an advocate from Heaven and Hell tell a judge the "good and bad" about this person so it is decided where they shall go following their death. This is where Bobby Dollar comes in.
Bobby Dollar is not your average angel, he cusses, drinks, loves women and is always getting himself into sticky situations. I honestly found him quite funny in a lot of the book and that was refreshing. The fact that he is an angel but in his "human" body and an average "bad boy" was a interesting concept. After a soul goes missing, Bobby questions the actions of both Heaven and Hell and it tends to bring some interesting characters to his door. You have his friend who can only talk while in pig form, a demon Countess that he is infatuated with and a guy that is a wanna be rapper/wanna be sidekick.
I tend to think of Urban Fantasy books as having a lot of action, this one didn't have as much as I would have liked. I would recommend this book to an Urban Fantasy lover and overall I give this book a 3 Skull rating.
Posted October 16, 2012
Good premise and storyline but it left alot of unanswered questions and left some unsatisfying answers. Would have loved to get more lessons as to hierarchy of the realms as the story's context allow for more interesting reading, understanding and exploration as opposed to cold academic or biased loony sites. I smell the first in a series, at least i hope i do.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2012
Not Tad Williams Best Work
The Dirty Streets of Heaven was entertaining, but it doesn't rank up there with Williams best work. It a much shorter book than the ones in his Otherland series, so both character and plot development are sketchier than many Williams readers are probably used to. While certainly not identical to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens", there are enough similarities to make Dirty Streets of Heaven seem like a bit of a rip off. Not that people haven't been doing that to Tolkien for years, but because the two books were published within a couple of years of each other, this seems to really stand out. Avid Williams fans will undoubtedly consider this review heresy, but that pretty much would be in line with a book about a troubled angel. I'll probably continue to follow the series because the books are a quick read and entertaining. I just won't have any great expectations for entire new worlds or major contributions to the genre.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 10, 2013
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